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Obiano advises women to prove potential through politics



Governor Wills Obiano
Governor Wills Obiano

Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra, says women have good leadership qualities that need to be harnessed, urging them to aspire to leadership positions in politics.

Obiano said this while inaugurating the executive members of the Anambra State Council of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Women Commission in Awka on Monday.

The governor represented by the Head of Service, Mr Harry Udu, said that women had the capacity to transform the society as they were intelligent, organised and resourceful.

“Women should step out of their comfort zones, make their voices to be heard, harness their potential and bring out their values in service and in the society.

“When they aspire for leadership roles and participate in politics, they will be able to contribute their quota to the socio-economic development of the state,” Obiano said.

He promised to continue to create an enabling environment for women to thrive.

Also speaking, Mrs Hafsat Shaibu, National Chairperson, TUC Women Commission, urged the women to take up leadership positions in different capacities and lead by example.

“Ensure you lead by example by adhering to the constitutional provisions of the council. Be a sister’s sister by imbibing the spirit of working in unity and speaking with one voice.

“Stop relegating yourself to the back seat. Always work to take up leadership positions, even among men, for with determination, you can be anywhere.

“Across the globe and in Nigeria, women are breaking the glass ceiling to attain extraordinary heights in different fields.

“We must be distinguished at all levels so that we can be worthy of emulation, ” she said.

Shaibu, however, commended the governor for his support toward labour movement in the state.

In her remarks, the State Chairperson, Anambra TUC Women Commission, Mrs Nneka Nwankwo, urged the women to get involved in trade unionism.

She urged women not to see their gender as a weaker sex but as strategic thinkers, innovators and mentors.

“We need to work together and harness our skills to move our society forward and remember, if we do not showcase our potential, no one will notice our presence.

“Let us shun all obstacles and come out en masse to give trade unionism that important feminine touch for better welfare of workers, our society, and our children,” Nwankwo said.

Earlier in his speech, the Anambra State TUC Council Chairman, Mr Ifeanyi Okechukwu, noted that women were excelling in sectors such as politics, sports and business.

He said: “Let us give the women a chance to exercise their values and potential in politics and other sectors of government for the development of the state.” (NAN)

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Afreximbank’s Kanayo Awani makes Nigeria Women Annual’s “100 Leading Women” list



Mrs. Kanayo Awani - Managing Director of Afreximbank’s Intra-African Trade Initiative Division

The Managing Director of Afreximbank’s Intra-African Trade Initiative Division, Mrs. Kanayo Awani, has been named among the 100 outstanding women leaders in Nigeria, according to the list published in the 2022 edition of Nigeria Women Annual: 100 Leading Women.

Mrs. Awani’s listing acknowledges her distinguished career and contributions to the development of society.

As Managing Director, Mrs. Awani currently leads the Bank’s efforts in implementing its intra-African trade and industrialisation strategies.

A statement by the bank said she successfully led Afreximbank’s engagement in support of the establishment and implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and was the arrowhead for the introduction and organization of the biennial Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF), which has delivered trade and investment deals valued at over US$70 billion.

She previously led Afreximbank’s Trade Finance and Branches Department from 2009 to 2016, growing it into the Bank’s most profitable department which accounted for over 80 percent of its loan book.

Mrs. Awani is also the Chairperson of the Africa Chapter of Factors Chain International (FCI), a global factoring association.

“The Nigeria Women Annual: 100 Leading Women” is the premier qualitative profiling of phenomenal women who have contributed to the development of Nigeria and the world.

A gender-specific biographical compendium, it responds to existing gender gaps in Nigeria’s biographical documentation and leadership and, in 2022, focused on the most inspirational and influential women whose work contributed to shaping Nigeria’s collective history during the year.

This year’s list includes technology experts, politicians, teachers, activists, development practitioners, C-Suite corporate leaders, and other notable women.

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Gender Bills: Women should not lose hope on their demands – Senate President



Senate President Ahmad Lawan


The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has advised women not to lose hope on their demands for legislations on gender related matters.

Lawan spoke in Agasa in Kogi State on Thursday against the backdrop of some gender related bills that recently failed to scale through at the National Assembly in the ongoing review being carried out on the 1999 Constitution.

Senate President  made a strong case for education of the girl child shortly before he commissioned a 600 capacity JAMB CBT Centre which was facilitated by Senator Yakubu Oseni who is representing Kogi Central Senatorial District.

“I know somebody will say gender bills have failed in the National Assembly. That is democracy. Let’s continue to lobby.

“We should continue to lobby because nobody will like to undermine anybody. Let’s not lose hope.

“Every male member in the National Assembly is a “He for She” because I don’t think there is anybody who is not married in the National Assembly.

“We will continue to work together with gender based organisations especially those that genuinely want to engage with members of the National Assembly because if you are not able to get something, if there is a failure, we should make it a political capital that tomorrow, we say, you were not able to do it yesterday, can you do it today. That will help us in ensuring that we get some of these hurdles out of the way.

“Most of us have our daughters as well. So we know that everybody is one way or the other connected to this struggle but we should not lose hope,” Lawan said.

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Gender Bills: Nigerian Women Continue Protest At NASS For Fifth Day



Nigerian Women protesting at the entry point of National Assembly Complex Abuja


Women under various groups on Thursday continued their protest at the National Assembly gate.

For the fifth day, the women gathered early morning at the National Assembly demanding that lawmakers rescind their decision over rejection of five gender bills in the process of amendment of 1999 constitution.

The protest by the women drawn from various groups started on Wednesday, March 2, and members of the House of Representatives in reaction to their demands, on Tuesday, March 8, rescinded their decision on three of the gender bills.

The women, however, continued the protest demanding the members of the Senate join their House of Representatives in re-visiting the bills.

They also want approval for all the five gender bills.

Among other demands, the women want specific seats in the National Assembly, indigeneship of their husband’s state after five years of being together, and 35% affirmative action for women.

They insist that they will continue to picket the gate of the National Assembly till all their demands are met.

They also threatened to vote out the lawmakers who voted against women in the constitutional review.

They demand that the voting pattern for those bills be released to them so they can mobilse women at all levels of government to vote out the lawmakers who they say took a stand against Nigerian women at the constitutional review.

The groups gathered for the protest include the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF), Federation of Muslim Women Association (FOMWA), Women Organisation for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN), Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA), Women In Business (WIMBIZ), Action Aid, Yiaga Africa, the Islamic Youth League, among others.

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